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The Ritual

From 8 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Profound, Absorbing, Clever

About the show

New Perspectives Theatre Company and Banana Boat Productions are reprising their production of this ground-breaking play from Trinidadian writer Zeno Obi Constance to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. More…

It’s Friday morning, first period at Senior Secondary School in Trinidad and Omega is pregnant. Through “ritual” portrayals of the world around them her friends, five students, come to understand that the real key to empowerment lies within them. The play is highly stylized—each actor plays one of the girls as well as members from their community—lecherous taxi drivers, sanctimonious bourgeois, attractive Rasta boys, pompous judges, and frightened parents.


Member Reviews (8)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Profound, Absorbing, Clever
77
Avg Score

92
Confusing, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to experience the emotional and relationship conflicts and victimization of dark skinned teenage girls in Trinidad or Harlem ghetto

Don't see it if you prefer light non-political drama, comedy, musical, large theatre and cast, elaborate set and costumes, or Caucasian actors or themes

Also This play is iconic and historical, but relevant to the plight of powe... Read more Read less

76
Good acting, Profound, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you don't mind being brought up close to what can happen to young girls in a Trinidadian or similar culture, e.g. sexual issues, enslavement

Don't see it if you don't like the uglier side of life

86
Profound, Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are not opposed to Caribbean (Trinidadian) accents, with 5 talented actresses playing multiple roles, with subject matters such as:

Don't see it if Enslavement, underaged sex, and abuse. It’s a play-within-a play. Nice theatre space. Well crafted. It’s a shame that the audience was empty

83
Enchanting, Quirky, Relevant, Fun, Clever

See it if you want to see a slice of the experience of black girls told by an excellent young cast

Don't see it if you want an elaborate ste/costumes or have trouble with patois dialogue

70
Refreshing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if 40 year old story told by 5 women who gave powerful & versatile performances about poverty, Misogyny and societal norms in Trinidad.

Don't see it if The script needs lots of work. I would start with the editing of initial film clip in the beginning of the play.

53
Insipid, Confusing, Banal

See it if If you need something to do

Don't see it if If you like plays that flow and are easy to follow

75
Intense, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if These young women do a great job in telling this story. They are fun to watch and each of them give their characters a powerful embodiment

Don't see it if The writing is a little dated and needs some work to bring the piece to where it should be. What was powerful back in the day is not today

79
Relevant, Funny, Profound, Great acting, Clever

See it if you seek an insight into some of the issues 70’s Trinidadian schoolgirls encountered.

Don't see it if You seek a big production and/or Caribbean dialect/accent is too much for you.


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